Damiano Aiello

Contract Instructor



Damiano Aiello is a licensed civil engineer in Italy and a PhD student at Carleton University’s School of Architecture and Urbanism since 2020. He was granted his master’s degree in Building Construction from University of Catania, Italy, in 2018. He is currently involved with Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS), a research lab affiliated with the ASAU that focuses on advanced digital technologies and hybrid forms of representation. Prior to Carleton, Damiano was awarded two Erasmus+ scholarships and gained multiple research fellowships at the University of Catania and Politecnico di Milano aimed at the documentation and digitization of Italian and Greek Cultural Heritage and the development of Virtual and Augmented Reality experiences. He has participated in international research and co-authored articles on topics related to the documentation, visualization and dissemination of architectural heritage through digital technologies. Damiano’s research interests are centered around the social, cultural, political, and economic implications of the current heritage paradigm defined by UNESCO, with a focus on contested places. The pivotal topics underlying his work are related to social justice, decolonization, violence, space, world heritage label and the relationship between such categories and the built environment.



PhD in Architecture, Carleton University, 2020 – present

Dottore in Ingegneria Edile/Architettura, University of Catania, Italy, 2018



ARCC 5401 – Evaluation of Heritage Properties



F. Buscemi, P. Militello, C. Santagati, M. Figuera, D. Aiello, G. D’Agostino (2020). Use and reuse of spatial and quantitative data in archaeology: from 3d survey to serious game at Phaistos (Crete), Archeologia e Calcolatori 31.1, pp. 189 – 212.


Aiello, D., D’Agostino, G., Galizia, M. (2020). Virtual Baroque: Digitization Experience of the Ecclesiastical Heritage in Acireale. In: Cecilia Bolognesi, Cettina Santagati (eds.), Impact of Industry 4.0 on Architecture and Cultural Heritage. Hershey, Pennsylvania (USA): IGI GLOBAL, pp. 137 – 158.


Bolognesi, C., Aiello, D. (2020). From Digital Survey to a Virtual Tale: Virtual Reconstruction of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan. In: Cecilia Bolognesi, Cettina Santagati (eds.), Impact of Industry 4.0 on Architecture and Cultural Heritage. Hershey, Pennsylva­nia (USA): IGI GLOBAL, pp. 49 – 75.


Bolognesi, C., Aiello, D., (2019). Through Achille Castiglioni’s Eyes: Two Immersive Virtual Experiences of the Studio Museo Achille Casti­glioni. In: Giuliana Guazzoroni, Anitha S Pillai (eds.), Virtual and Augmented Reality in Education, Art, and MuseumsHershey, Pennsylva­nia (USA): IGI GLOBAL, pp. 283 – 310.


Aiello, D., Buscemi, F., D’Agostino, G., Galizia, M., Militello, P., and Santagati, C. (2019). Low-cost techniques for the digital survey of a Minoan architecture in the archeological site of Phaistos (Crete). Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLII-2/W17, pp. 31 – 38.


Aiello, D., Santagati, C., Fai, S. (2019). Virtual Museums as a means of promotion and enhancement of Cultural Heritage. Int. Arch. Photo­gramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLII-2/W15, pp. 33 – 40.


Bolognesi, C., Aiello, D. (2019). The secrets of S. Maria delle Grazie: Virtual fruition of an iconic Milanese Architecture. Int. Arch. Photo­gramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLII-2/W15, pp. 185 – 192.


Bolognesi, C., Aiello, D. (2019). Forgotten architecture: smart tools for cultural tourism in the Cloister of the Prior (Santa Maria delle Gra­zie, Milan).Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., Vol. XLII-2/W11, pp. 247 – 253.


Aiello, D., Basso, A., Spena, M. T., D’Agostino, G., Montedoro, U., Galizia, M., Grasso, R., Santagati, C. (2019). The Virtual Batcave: a project for the safeguard of a UNESCO WHL fragile ecosystem. Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., Vol. XLII-2/W9, pp. 17 – 24.


Aiello, D., D’Agostino, G, Galizia, M., Garozzo, R., Santagati, C. (2019). Reale vs virtuale: strumenti digitali per la documentazione e la valorizzazione della chiesa S. Maria del Suffragio in Acireale (CT). In: Riflessioni / Reflections. Atti del 41° convegno internazionale dei Docenti delle discipline della Rappresentazione – UID 2019 – Perugia, 19-20-21 settembre. Roma: Gangemi editore, pp. 243 – 250.


Bolognesi, C., Fiorillo, F., Aiello, D. (2019). Three Renaissance vaults in Milan. Cultural Heritage and digital workflows for BIM modellingIn M. Di Nicolantonio, E. Rossi, and T. Alexander (Eds.), Advances in Additive Manufacturing, Modeling Systems and 3D Prototyping Proceedings of the AHFE 2019 International Conference on Additive Manufacturing, Modeling Systems and 3D Prototyping, July 24–28, 2019, Washington D.C., USA. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, pp. 202 – 211.

Santagati, C., Lo Turco, M., Bocconcino, M. M., Donato, V., Galizia, M., Aiello, D., Garozzo, R., La Russa, F. M., (2018). Sperimentazione di tecnologie low cost 3D per la divulgazione delle collezioni museali. In: Empler Tommaso, Valenti Graziano Mario (eds.), 3D MODELING & BIM Nuove Frontiere. Roma: Dei – tipografia del genio civile, pp. 428-442.